Phew. It’s been a long weekend of delicious, invigorating sweat.
Friday morning I ran 20 miles, my last long run before the Dances with Dirt Marathon this Saturday. My friend Heather told me about Endurance Shield sunblock and I finally had a chance to try it on the run.
Endurance Shield is incredible all around. It was so lightweight and fresh-scented while I was applying it. This stuff smells like cucumbers. It left no white residue while I was sweating.
I never got gritty and I never got burned. The ingredients are awesome, too. Aloe is a top ingredient and there’s nothing I don’t feel comfortable applying to my skin.
Saturday was a 60 mile bike ride followed by a .4 mile run. Yes, 4/10 of a mile. My biggest miss with triathlons in the past was not getting in enough bricks. Of course I want to get in longer bricks in the future, but for now this was what I could squeeze out Good thing my 140.6 isn’t until October!
On my long run I spent a lot of time asking myself if I really wanted to run long distances every weekend. I taunted myself with thoughts of weekends spent comfortable, dry and in bed. I planned that I could do yoga, CrossFit and just run once in a while for fun. No more marathons, no more ultras.
But I love my long runs. I love the challenge to my endurance and the time to think. It’s not that I want to stop doing long runs- it’s just that I want to be better. I want those runs to be easier.
I was never fast before the accident, but running is definitely harder since then. My body just feels heavier and slower. But that means that I will train harder and smarter, not back down from the challenge.
Saturday after my run we also checked out the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. It was huge! I love being back in Orlando.
What challenge are you taking on?